Monday, March 30, 2015

Sanaa's Gluten Free Naan Bread Recipe

Sanaa, which is located in Kidani Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas, is one of my favorite table service restaurants at Walt Disney World for both lunch and dinner.  Last year, a pastry chef at Sanaa developed a recipe for gluten free naan, which is an Indian-style flatbread.  

We love to eat Sanaa's naan with our favorite accompaniments - coriander chutney, mango chutney, and roasted red bell pepper hummus.  My daughters also love to dip it in their butter chicken sauce.  In addition to serving naan with the Indian-style bread service, Sanaa also serves their Tandoori shrimp and their grilled Angus chuck burger on naan for gluten free diners.  They can even use it to make a kids' gluten free cheese pizza.

Gluten Free Naan Bread - makes 8


3 C (420 g) Cup4Cup Original Flour Blend
1/2 C powdered milk
1 1/2 T sugar
1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/3 C Greek yogurt - room temperature
3 T ghee or clarified butter + additional for serving
3/4 C + 2T warm water


Combine the flour, powdered milk, sugar, yeast, salt and cream of tartar in the bowl of an electric mixer, and whisk to combine

Add the yogurt, ghee or clarified butter, and water to the bowl.  Using a dough hook attachment, knead on low speed until well combined.  Raise mixer speed to medium-high and knead dough until smooth, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Spray a silicone spoon or spatula with nonstick spray and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl large enough to allow the dough to double in size.  Cover with an oiled piece of plastic wrap, and refrigerate the dough for at least 12 hours, and up to 3 days.

When ready to bake, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and spray the parchment paper lightly with nonstick spray.  Set aside.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and knead until completely smooth.  Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.

On a flat work surface dusted with gluten free flour, roll each piece of dough into an oval about 1/4" thick.  Place each piece of shaped dough 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.  Cover with a damp towel and set aside in a warm, draft-free location to rise until nearly doubled in size, about one hour.

Place a pizza stone on an oven rack set about 3 to 4 inches from the heat source.  When dough is almost done rising, heat the oven to 550 degrees.

Working with one piece at a time, place dough on pizza stone and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden brown.  Transfer finished naan to a paper towel, and repeat with the remaining dough.

Brush with melted ghee or unsalted butter, and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have access to Cup4Cup flour, you can check out Gluten Free on a Shoestring's post about making mock Cup4Cup here.  I purchase Cup4Cup flour from The Fresh Market, Williams-Sonoma, or

This recipe is similar to the naan bread recipe in Nicole Hunn's Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread, which I heard was the inspiration for the recipe developed at Sanaa.  Nicole doesn't bake her naan though.  She fries it in ghee in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown on both sides.  You can view her cooking technique in an older recipe she has for naan on her blog here.

The naan at Sanaa is my favorite gluten free bread in Orlando.  A big thank you to blog reader Elizabeth for asking the chefs at Sanaa for the recipe,  and for sharing it in my private Facebook group Gluten Free in Orlando.

This recipe for gluten free naan bread was created by the chefs at Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chefs de France - Epcot

Friday night, we dined at Chefs de France in the France Pavilion at Epcot for the very first time.  I was able to get advance dining reservations for dinner just one day before before we wanted to dine there.  

We had reservations for 5:00, but were seated when they opened for dinner at 4:30, having arrived early in an attempt to avoid the rain.  

Chefs de France is a beautiful place to dine, and I loved the enclosed sun room we sat in on the side of the restaurant.

I did not talk to a chef before ordering, and there is no gluten free menu, but our server was incredibly knowledgeable about gluten free options.  

While my family enjoyed a loaf of French bread, I took a few bites of my tapioca roll, which was heated well, but a little dry.  

My husband and I shared two entrees, which arrived with the allergy sticks that many Disney restaurants use.  The first was the beef short ribs served with polenta and carrots.  This dish is usually served with Cabernet sauce, but because it was not gluten free, we were given an alternative sauce on the side.  I wasn't too impressed with the presentation, but once I poured the sauce over the short ribs, and removed the allergy stick, our meal looked a lot better.  Polenta can be pretty tasteless, but my husband and I both enjoyed the polenta served with this dish.  The short ribs were nice and tender, and well complimented by the tomato based sauce they were served with.  The carrots were beautiful, but not being a fan of carrots, I left those for my husband to eat.  

For our second entree, my husband and I ordered the salmon with braised lentils and bacon.  Our fish was cooked well, and I enjoyed what appeared to be a pesto drizzle on top.  The braised lentils were a huge hit with everyone at the table.  Because there were so many lentils, my husband and I were able to share them with our daughters, who fought over the last couple of bites.  

For dessert, we ordered two of the gluten free options, creme brulee and chocolate mousse.  Both were good, but not as good as the creme brulee and chocolate mousse at other Disney restaurants.  I was hoping for a more intense vanilla flavor and a fruit garnish for the creme brulee, and the chocolate mousse tasted a bit like chocolate pudding.  Chefs de France also had three flavors of sorbet that were gluten free.  

For $40, we could have ordered the Prix-fixe meal that included an appetizer, entree, and dessert, but we didn't want that much food.  The French onion soup and house salad are options that can be made gluten free for the appetizer course.  Both of our entrees were on the price fixed menu along with a third option that can be made gluten free, the half-roasted chicken with potatoes and broccoli.  Both the French onion soup and chicken were highly recommended by one of my blog readers.  

My gluten-eating daughters shared an adult order of macaroni baked with cream and Gruyere cheese.  I can't remember the last time I saw Emma eat so much food in a restaurant.  My girls loved their entree, which was certainly big enough to feed both of them (the picture shows a little less than half of the pasta they received).

For its French bistro theming and service, I give Chefs de France an A+.  As far as the food goes, we liked everything, and enjoyed trying something new at Disney, but we prefer other restaurants at Epcot, like Coral Reef, La Hacienda de San Angel, Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, and San Angel Inn.  

Chefs de France, which is not a Disney-run restaurant, has had a spotty reputation when it comes to accommodating special diets in the past, but all the recent reviews I read online, and feedback from my blog readers were very positive.

You can read more about Les Chefs de France, view their menus, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.  Tables in Wonderland can only be used for lunch, so we were not able to get a 20% discount on our meal.  All of the dishes we ordered are on both the lunch and dinner menus, so I suggest going for lunch if you have a Tables in Wonderland card or are an annual passholder.  Chefs de France offers a 10% discount to annual passholders Monday through Friday during lunch hours.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Chefs de France?  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wheat Berry Cafe & Raw Juice Bar

Yesterday, I had breakfast at Wheat Berry Cafe & Raw Juice Bar in Altamonte Springs.  Don't let the name scare you, because everything at Wheat Berry is gluten free, as well as vegan, raw, and organic.  

I decided to start my day with an elixir, but had a hard time deciding which one I wanted to order, because so many of them sounded incredible.  The coco cacao, which contains cocoa, almond butter, almond milk, banana, maca and honey, is the most popular, but I wasn't in the mood for chocolate this early in the morning.  

I ended up choosing a 16 oz Vanilla Beany, which contains cinnamon, nutmeg, flaxseed, bananas, almond milk, and honey.  It was so delicious, and the perfect choice for an early morning drink.  

I couldn't resist purchasing a package of raw peanut butter cookies made with organic cashews, almond flour, honey, vanilla, sea salt, and peanut butter.  I also couldn't resist eating them as soon as I was done with my elixir.  I thought I would just take a bite or two, but they were so good, I ate them both.  These raw cookies are one of the best peanut butter cookies I have ever had.

While at Wheat Berry Cafe, I ordered a 3 day juice cleanse for next week.  I will update this post with more information about the cleanse after I finish it.  

In addition to cold pressed juices and elixirs, Wheat Berry offers a lunch menu with raw organic salads, and dishes like soft tacos, spinach manicotti, falafel, zucchini hummus and chips, and guacamole and nacho chips.

March 27, 2015 Update

I stopped in to Wheat Berry Cafe this morning to have breakfast.  I ordered a coco cacao elixir and managed to snag the last bag of raw peanut butter cookies, which were just as good as I remembered.  I really enjoyed the coco cacao elixir, but would have preferred it for lunch instead of breakfast.

You can read more about Wheat Berry Cafe on their website here, and on Jennifer's blog Celiac in Orlando.

Wheat Berry Cafe & Juice Bar is open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 5 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm.

What are your favorite gluten free menu items at Wheat Berry Cafe?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Beaches & Cream Soda Shop - Disney's Beach Club Resort

Today, I had lunch at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort with friend and fellow celiac Jennifer.  

I love the theming of Beaches & Cream, which is made to look like an old-fashioned boardwalk-style ice cream shop on the Atlantic seashore.  

Our server told us that almost any entree could be made gluten free, and that safe sides included french fries and fresh fruit.  

I decided to order the roasted turkey sandwich with smoked gouda, Craisin jalapeno jam, and a side of french fries.  I liked the combination of ingredients, and really enjoyed the sweetness of the Craisin jalapeno jam.  My sandwich had a generous amount of turkey, sliced thick, and was served with a lot of fries, so I could have easily shared this meal with someone else.  I only ate half of it, because I was saving room for a sundae.  I liked my sandwich, but didn't love it, so next time, I will probably order a burger, which was recommended to me by several blog readers and our server.  

Jennifer ordered the Cuban sandwich with ham, pork belly, swiss, dill pickle relish, and grain mustard.  She liked it, but probably wouldn't order it again.  She wanted it to be pressed flat and more crisp.  Both sandwiches were served on GNI buns.

For dessert, we both ordered the No Way Jose Sundae, which includes chocolate and vanilla ice cream, peanut butter and chocolate sauce, peanut butter and chocolate morsels, whipped cream and a cherry.  Our sundaes were prepared in the back, with ice cream scooped from a new container.  

Jennifer loved the sundae and said she would eat it a thousand times!  I loved it as well, and will have to bring my family back for burgers and sundaes.  Beaches & Cream has gluten free brownies and chocolate chip cookies, so the fudge mud slide and the brownie a la mode sundaes can be made gluten free.  The Kitchen Sink, which serves 4, can be prepared gluten free as well.

You can read more about Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, view their menu, and make advance dining reservations on Disney's website here.

My friend Sarah recently posted a review of the No Way Jose on her blog Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW, which you can view here.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at Beaches & Cream?